Inspite of being bald for most of the spring, the apple tree at the back of the garden now seems to be hiding several apples. On one branch, I had already thinned them out to two at the tip but on another, there was still more thinning to be done. Needless to say, which side has the bigger apples?
The cooking apples still look largely green, though a couple have a rosy tinge. On the other hand, the crab apples are all quite colourful (not that you’d think it from the photo below). They don’t seem to have any space issues, either!
After the June drop (in July), there were a grand total of three baby crab apples on the ground and precisely none of the other sort. I know the crab apples should have been taken off to allow the tree to grow, considering it is only a two-year old maiden (well, nearly three now). But…. I didn’t have the heart.
It is essentially a wild plant and as such I decided to let it do its own thing. Besides, it clearly seems a happy toddler, even if it isn’t toddling anywhere. And maybe because it’s wild it is doing better than the root-stocked Malus domestica. It, like the roses, is free of the aphids which plague the other, too 😊.